First the good news: Rep. Steve Scalise’s condition has been upgraded from “critical” to “serious,” although he still has a long road to recovery ahead. Now the bad news: much of the talk from the left after toning down the violent rhetoric and disagreeing in a civil and respectful fashion lasted all of about 24 hours.
Some, such as Nancy Pelosi, tried to sell the whopper that almost all the hateful, violent rhetoric, threats and silencing of political views come from the right (that would be news to any conservative speaker who’s tried to speak at a college campus lately). Others went full throttle to the lunatic fringe, attacking Scalise even as he was fighting for his life in the hospital and calling for “hunting down” Republicans (and I’m referring to cable news talking heads and Democratic strategists and officials, not anonymous moonbats on Facebook). CBS anchor Scott Pelley even seemed to suggest that Republicans like Scalise somehow brought it on themselves (the “it” being a rage-filled gunman trying to assassinate as many Republican Congress members as possible.)
Conservatives have long complained that Pelley is perhaps the most openly and egregiously biased news anchor on a major network, and I’m happy to report that one day after this broadcast, he left the “CBS Evening News.” There was no connection between his Scalise comments and his removal from the nightly news desk, which was already set. If anything, CBS suits probably wish they’d removed him the week before.
I’d just note that even Ted Nugent has stated that the Scalise shooting has made him rethink his blunt rhetoric. I’ve gone hunting with Ted; I think he’s a great American and many people don’t understand that he comes from a Detroit culture of harsh language, and much of what he says is meant to be funny or hyperbolic, not literal. But even he has decided that it’s time to tone it down. What does it say when the Motor City Mad Man is being more calm and responsible than the House Minority Leader?
People keep asking me what’s behind all this ugly, violent political rhetoric. I think there are two things driving it. The first is a topic that nobody wants to bring up because it’s politically incorrect, but it’s a lack of morality. Moral teachings instill in people a basic human decency and a respect for other people’s humanity; an attitude that “I may disagree with what you believe, but I will do it without being disagreeable because I value you as a fellow human being.”
The other problem is that some people are living 24/7 in an aquarium full of acid. They watch cable channels or listen to radio shows or read websites all day long that echo back their own extreme political views and preach that anyone who disagrees is stupid, evil and less than human. Then they go to social media sites, where they can join hate-based Facebook groups and parrot their garbage back and forth among a group of “friends” who have been carefully winnowed down to a clique who agree with them on everything.
If I had to make one suggestion to restore them to mental health, it would be this: get out of the echo chamber! Turn off the TV and computer, get out of the house, go drop a fishing line in a lake or go to a concert or strike up a conversation with a stranger about anything other than politics. There’s a whole world out there that doesn’t revolve around whether your side is wielding power in Washington. Go rediscover it, and rediscover your humanity, as well as other people's. And if you want to know what’s going on in the news, then drop by here. I’ll tell the important stuff straight without making you crazy over it.
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